Mar 30, 2017
This is a really profound and personal moment for me, as a record label, and more importantly as a zit-covered teenage goober from North-Central Massachusetts. Because today I get to announce the release of not one, but two records for the band that played the biggest role in my initial exposure to good hardcore, and basically set in motion a sonic obsession leading to the path that my whole life would follow for the twenty five or so years (and counting) to come. So on that note...
Painkiller and Warthog Speak have teamed up to bring you two EP's worth of the finest hardcore that Massachusetts has had to offer in the past 20 years. Fit For Abuse released just one 12-track EP in 1996, then recorded sporadically between 1998 and 2003, splitting time with a couple of different singers, and yielding a grand total of 4 released tracks. These two records compile 13 unreleased tracks from 1996-1998 that represent all of their unreleased material.
Feb 3, 2017
I will be brief.
Test are in for both FIT FOR ABUSE EPs and the FATIGUE Scab EP. Posted up some FFA teasers, that you've most likely already heard. Boom...
And here's that newest FATIGUE track again:
That's all for now.
Dec 4, 2016
Posted up a track to the upcoming, 3rd FATIGUE 7" on the bandcamp. Have a listen:
Record out late Winter/early 2017 on Warthog Speak.
Nov 24, 2016
I dropped the prices on 98.5% of the shit on my webstore. Basically everything except the newest Nada Nada releases is now cheaper, including a ton of shit brought down to $1.00 (or even less). I need to clear some space in my house.
Use the code: 2016SUCKS for an additional discount of 10% for orders over $50.00 from now until the new year.
(My appologies to any labels / band that I may be undercutting. I need this shit gone.)
Oct 18, 2016
So it sounds like everyone had a killer time at Not Dead Yet. That rules. Hopefully some day I'm allowed to leave the country. Maybe next year. There's just a couple things I wanted to mention and then ya'll can be on your way.
First up, there are two new reissues from the good Brazilian bastardos at NADA NADA DISCOS that are once again exclusively distributed by Warthog Speak, so hit me up if you want wholesale for your store.
OS REPLICANTES - Compacto EP (NADA043)
Replicantes is probably the most famous punk rock (not hardcore) band from Brazil, their three first LPs were release by major labels, but before that in 1984 they recorded a very rare, self-released 7" on their own label, Vortex. On the 7" you can hear much more raw versions of songs that became classics on their first LPs, "Surfista Calhorda" and "O Futuro é Vortex," and two other songs that were never rerecorded. This reissue was remastered from the original tapes and comes with an extra 16-page booklet full of info, flyers, text and photos by Rochelle Costi, a great brazilian artist that made the artwork for the 7".
3D - Vortex #1 EP (NADA044)
Three girls from the South of Brazil, that never touched an instrument entered the studio and made a few songs, than invited a friend that's a classical acoustic guitar player to join the band and the result is the punkest thing that ever came out of Porto Alegre. The music is punk rock, but you can hear post-punk, hardcore, and even a bit of UK DIY. It is completely great! This 11 songs are the first band recording, from Vortex Studios and was released as a split tape with THE COBAIAS in 1988.
Next up from NND is a 7" from GATTOPARDO, following up their LP from 2014..
I was pretty stoked to hear that the evil genius Luke Reich, the toxic mind behind Mutopia Toys made a fucking figure of the NARCOLEPTICS goblin!!!
They're hand molded and hand painted, which is why they're $25.00 ea, but there are only 25 made and cool as fuck. You can buy em here.
In case you forgot how good that band is...
So since Painkiller made the announcement last week, I'm pumped to finally be able to say that the next Warthog Speak release will be a 7" of the 5 missing tracks from the FIT FOR ABUSE Mindless Violence 7", now that the DAT has finally been returned to its spiritual home in Massachusetts and it will be a co-release with Painkiller. I couldn't possiblty be more excited than I already am that I get to release a record by my all-time favorite band, recorded in their prime, except for the fact that it will be followed up shortly after by another FIT FOR ABUSE 7"!!!! The second one—also in conjunction with the buddy-ole-pals at Painkiller—is all eight tracks from the Psycho Ray session. More on all this when ready but now you can go change your diggies.
Finally, I added a bunch of stuff to the webstore, like more SCALPED - II EPs, DEATHLY cassettes, BLAZING EYE - Ways to Die EPs, NO STATIK - Earhammer Soundsystem LPs, COMMANDO 7"s, the previously mentioned NADA NADA releases, PMS 84 second 7", and PRIMAL RITE - Complex Life of Passion 7"s.
See you fucks at the bar.
FIT FOR ABUSE - Lost Tracks 7"
FATIGUE - 3rd 7"
FIT FOR ABUSE - Psycho Ray Sessions 7".
Sep 15, 2016
Not a whole hell of a lot to report right at this time. Pumped the brakes, laying low, re-calibrating my bearings, and watching football while I prepare Warthog Speak for some epic releases for the end of 2016 - beginning of 2017. Gonna also finish up this stupid DEATHREAT zine that I've been threatening for a while now.
Got a couple good reviews from the MRR-o-sphere:
THE POSE – "Dig an Endless Grave" EP
I loved BACK TO BACK both live and on record, and can definitely hear the member involvement in this new band, which trades in abrasive mosh for fast and stompy hardcore. These four songs are burly yet catchy pit-worthy bangers that are characterized by harsh, gunting vocals and a great thick guitar sound, all wrapped in an ambient cloak of reverb. From the opening cough to the closeing fadeout, it flows unusually well for an EP. The opening riff to "Pride" may very well make an upcoming appearance on my list of year-end top ten riffs.
ALIENATION – "2016" EP
Mind = blown. The 12" was good, but the unrelenting powerof these eleven tracks is fukkn unparalleled. Piercing maximum speed hardcore teetering on complete collapse from the first burst...and then they drop that tupa-tupa for just a few seconds and if you're not moshing, then you're posing. Vocals echoed on forever, a production that's somewhere between Finland '82 and feisty garage punk... and riffs. I cannot emphasis this enough: ALIENATION got fukkn riffs for days. These Nova Scotia freaks just drop banger after banger, not even human. A mandatory get if you like your hardcore fast and weird.
Speaking of ALIENATION, they've added the dude, Dave Brown, on drums. Besides playing in Career Suicide, Dave made one of my favorite recordings of the modern era with the DEAF MUTATIONS demo / demo 7". Let's hope he eventually mades more DM tracks...
I'm down to less than ten copies of the PRIMAL RITE 7" and it won't be repressed (by me, at least), so grab those now if you intend to. I'm also down to less than twenty copies each of ALIENATION 7"s and LPs.
Have been toning it back on the distro front too but added a few things recently, like the domestic press of the newest BLAZING EYE 7", restocked the B-SQUADRON and second SCALPED 7"s, and the THANKLESS GRAFT (continuation of LAST CRUSADE) 7".
Here are a couple of KILLER new thangs that I've heard recently:
Here's some video from the only show HÜVÜDTVATT ever played. Sickest band.
and here's a funny homemade promo video for their Disinfection EP...
Jul 17, 2016
It's been far too long since I updated this site so Ihopefully I remember everything that I intended to cover in this update. And here's hoping that you are all having a killer summer so far, despite the heartbreaking, soul crushing bullshit going on in this miserable, hatefilled world. Here's what is up, what was up, and what's to come from WARTHOG SPEAK.
For starters, THE POSE – "Dig an Endless Grave" 7" EP (WS-023) comes out today (July18th, 2016). This EP is the vinyl debut of this Houston band's thud-y, ugly hardcore punk. Hard, nasty, ogreish, heavy hardcore that has flashes of metal, but isn't metallic — I mean, Tim Yo called VOID "metallic" in MRR #2, so consider that. Members of BACK TO BACK and DRESS CODE. 250 copies, all black vinyl.
While THE POSE is seemingly a part-time venture for now, following JJ's move to California, they will still be playing a record release show for the EP in Houston at the end of this month with BACK TO BACK, WILD THING, MIRROR, THE REAL COST, and CLEAR ACID on July 30th:
We also dropped the ALIENATION – "2016 EP" 7" (WS-022) last week and couldn't be more stoked about that. This second EP from hardcore's best kept secret – Halifax, Nova Scotia's ALIENATION, is 11 tracks of venom-flinging, neck-snapping, raging thrash that's equal parts Negative FX, (early) Poison Idea, and some ripping Swedish shit. And takes the fury of last year's 12" EP and ramps up the intensity without losing the riffs. Don't sleep on this shit. Limited to 250 copies on black vinyl, with 125 copies each of neon green and neon pink covers.
I'm glad to see that people are catching on to how killer this band is and it's rad that they will be playing the NOT DEAD YET fest in Toronto this year, along with tons of killer bands.
Here's the review / description form Sorry State records. A distro / label / store who's dilligence is always admirable:
"I pretty much flipped out for Alienation's debut 12" on Warthog Speak a while back, and this new EP ups the ante considerably from that. As before, Alienation play a style of hyper-fast hardcore that I'm not generally inclined to like... usually when the tempos get into Neos / Septic Death / Larm territory bands lose the groove and I, consequently, lose interest, but Alienation have no such problems. Not only does their music never turn into an incoherent blur, there's actually a striking amount of musical sophistication here, albeit delivered at a speed so blistering that it might be a little difficult to process. More importantly, though, they have that magical hardcore x-factor that makes their records sound completely explosive. There's a little Black Flag, a lot of Deep Wound and Siege, a fair bit of Neos (and they even drop in a sick, blink-and-you-miss-it Dicks cover), but at the same time it sounds very much like its own thing. Without a doubt one of my favorite hardcore bands currently going, and highly recommended if there's still any place in your heart for the 'core."
While on the subject of of ALIENATION, I should mention a couple of their newest spin off acts. The first, FRAGMENT, who blaze on the DISCLOSE / noisy D-Beat tip, just had their demo released on 7" by Imminent Destruction records. I dig the demo quite a bit and they will also be playing NDY this year.
The other project, BOOJI BOYS, are much more on a '70s punk / power pop / kbd tip. I really like this demo and it's a great example of this sound done right. Sounds like they recorded tons of tracks this weekened and hopefully something cool comes of them. Check out the demo for now while we wait for more.
So much killer punk oozing from the Halifax (and surrounding area) scene.
I would like to take this time to extend a huge congrats to PRIMAL RITE for hooking up with Revelation Records. 25 years ago at the Nashua, New Hampshire Newbury Comics I bought the Rev press of JUDGE's New York Crew 7" and it was the first record I ever bought and set my path to hardcore and rabid collector-hood. Because of this, Revelation really means a lot to me and I was so stoked when Rev started to distro Warthog Speak titles. As of this post, I have done EIGHT releases [well, 9 if you include the aborted Hunting Party 7" that made it to the test press stage and may get finished eventually] on Warthog Speak that feature one or more of these dudes, and I've played music, however briefly, with almost all of them and consider them all friends, so it's unbelievably sick to see Jake, Jeremy, Max, Jason, and Lucy succed at doing what they love most. They all put so much time, effort, and dedication into this shit, so, good on those fools, and good on Adam for noticing. Big fucking up. I'm proud of you guys. Who knew that Yadokai would eventually become this. So wild. At any rate, I just released the PRIMAL RITE - "Hatred in a Mask of Flowers / Pestilent Clutch" single (WS-019)! Hot on the heels of SCALPED's still-warm corpse, PRIMAL RITE is a ressurection. Their path is a similar one, but with a new vocalist comes a burly hardcore titan that's been re-born harder, heavier, and more hessian in approach. Crushing and brutal. As you may have noticed above, PRIMAL RITE is also playing NDY this year.
PRIMAL RITE just finished a West Coast tour and will be touring the East Coast sooner than later. However, prior to the 7" and LP on Revelation, there will be an EP titled "Complex Life of Passion," coming out in October on Grave Mistake and Pop Wig. Can't wait to hear it.
Here's Sorry State's take:
"Debut single from this new Bay Area band featuring former members of Scalped. They've managed to generate some buzz right off the bat, and in addition to this single they've already planned a follow-up record on Grave Mistake and a debut LP on Revelation. I'm not sure if it's just me, but when I listen to these two tracks, particularly the a-side, "Hatred in a Mask of Flowers," all I can think of is Integrity. It starts with this brooding swell of feedback, a chugging riff so primitive you could barely even call it a riff, and a whole heap of dive-bombs. The comparisons to Integrity don't end there, as there is plenty of lead guitar and brutal mosh to go around. It doesn't have the black metal and/or Japanese hardcore influences that I associate with Integrity, but this is a sound that seems, to me at least, very much rooted in the heavy, mosh-oriented sound of Victory Records in the 90s. I grew up on that style of hardcore and definitely have a soft spot for this style when it's done well, and I can see why Primal Rite is garnering a lot of attention. So pick this up and see if it tickles your fancy, and if it doesn't it looks like you'll probably be able to flip it to a Revelation collector in a couple of months."
There are so many releases that I didn't realize that I never posted about on here, so I appologize to those bands if it seems like I never hyped you ;) That wasn't intentional.
In early June I released the Olympia / Seattle unit, EIGHTBALL's – S/T 7" (WS018), and it's a seven-track EP of D-beat Hardcore Rock'n'Roll trash from the Pacific Northwest cretins of distortion. The 7" sports the three demo tracks plus four more. EIGHTBALL sports members of GAG, WHITE WARDS, COMBAT KNIFE, BRICKLAYER, LOWER SPECIES, for those of you with a score card.
Here's Sorry State's take:
"Debut release from this Pacific Northwest band featuring members of Gag, White Wards, and many others. That's quite a pedigree, and as you might expect there's nothing tentative or under-developed about Eightball. Sonically, this kind of reminds me of a more straightforward, traditional version of the Repos. Certainly if you're a Repos fan you'll immediately love the snarled vocals and the occasional, anarchic guitar leads, but whereas Repos / Ropes releases tend to feel frustratingly brief, this one crams 7 songs onto a 7" EP, making the vibe of the EP as a whole resemble something more like classic first-wave NYHC like the Mob's Upset the System or the Abused's Loud and Clear. It's sort of like a mini-full-length delivered as a 7" EP, and with a whole heaping helping of gnarly riffs, spot-on, beefy production, and an explosive performance no hardcore fan will leave a listening session with this disappointed."
"Another fine slab of wax from Warthog Speak and that lovable family of Oly lifers, WHITE WARDS, GAG, and COMBAT KNIFE. Damn! This crew really knows how to keep busy, and I really gotta marvel at that dedication to the game. Seven quick, highly energetic bangers that start with the Motörcharge / Burning Spirits / POISON IDEA key bump and chop it up into fat, hot rails straight to the reptile brain. Goddamn!!!!! Those guitar leads."
We also released the COMBAT KNIFE 7" from this family as a split release with Video Disease but it's unfortunately long sold out. Here's all the tracks:
Also super pumped to have released HUMILIATION's - "4 Track E.P." 7" a couple months back. The vinyl debut from this Arizona powerhouse is a noisy, claustrophobic cacophonic amalgam of 1990s discordant freedom, the '10's acceptance of noise rock-ery, and the current crop's ability to re-shape hardcore into a slithering amoebic serpent. Akin to a mix of Groundwork, Rorschach, Walls, and some other modern HC giant that I can't put my finger on. 100 copies on BLACK and 150 copies on WHITE vinyl.
Sorry State say: "I kind of hate the artwork on this record because it makes it look like some kind of nondescript power violence record when, in fact, this is a completely warped, grade A prime rager. To me, Humiliation (who hail from Phoenix and share members with Gay Kiss in case you were wondering) sound like Black Flag if the Damaged lineup had stayed intact through the recording of the later records and also got as interested in harmonic possibilities as they did in rhythm. These four tracks definitely rely on the kind of meandering, lurching, vaguely psychedelic rhythms of the later Black Flag songs, but the guitars are just impossibly dense, delivering not only a heavy low end but an even more pleasing upper-register chime that kind of reminds me of October File-era Die Kreuzen or maybe even Honor Role. This is an absolutely beautifully recorded record, one that you need to listen to attentively and on good equipment... if you treat yourself to the pleasure of actually listening to this thing closely you will find depth that most hardcore bands can only dream of. I'm at a loss as to how else to say it, but this is killer. Highest possible recommendation for worshippers of the electric guitar."
More may be added here this week!
As far as what the future holds for Warthog Speak... For the time being I have nothing to announce. There are a few releases that I am working on the final details of that I couldn't be more excited for, to the point that I would call all of them "dreams come true," but there is nothing I can confirm right now. In the interrim I will be putting more work into the DEATHREAT zine that I am a couple years into. I guess it wil be finished eventually.
See you at this sick ass show, if not sooner:
Oct 16, 2015
Here's live vid of FATIGUE playing "Exodus" at the Hemlock Tavern in San Francisco on October 14th 2015.
Oct 1, 2015
Sep 14, 2015
'Tis the end of Summer and I haven't updated this site in forever. Lots of info to transmit, and five new releases on deck.
Here's what's up.
ODD MAN OUT - EP (WS-014) --- Vinyl version of Olympia/Seattle straightedge band's cassette demo from earlier this year. Six tracks of pit-clearing, straightedge HARDcore with a conscience.
FATIGUE - "Dog Bodies" EP (WS-015) --- 7" pressing of 3 of the 4 tracks from FATIGUE's demo tape from last year. Here's what I had to say about the cassette: "The perfect soundtrack to watching the soul of real life bleached down to an unrecognizable, squeaky-clean, child-safety prison outside of your control. FATIGUE is growling, ripping and tearing back from the deepest, darkest corners of the gut. Take the ugly snarl and familiarity of first wave punk, add the blood-thirsty fervor and frostbite of a vacant Cass Corridor warehouse in 1982, and steady it with the gobbing, No-Future confidence of the UK punk sound of that same year, and you end up with a snarling beast similar to this. With ex- and current members of SYDNEY DUCKS, CAGED ANIMAL, YOUNG OFFENDERS, SCALPED, and HUNTING PARTY among the ranks, the sound all makes sense. The savagery of "Outlander" being the standout track. Nasty."
NARCOLEPTICS - Second EP (WS-016) --- The second EP from New York's NARCOLEPTICS takes the fury of the first one and goes harder, heavier, and harsher.
The band will also have 50 test press copies of this record for their West Coast tour coming up in October...
ALIENATION - "2015 Mini-LP" 12" (IDNTFS-1) --- Straight-up stunning 12" follow-up to two great demos from this Halifax, Nova Scotia unit. Thirteen flashes of brilliant hardcore that touches on the best of '80s US hardcore as much as it does the Hudiksvall* sound. The ALIENATION sound exists in a similar orbit as recent greats, GAS RAG, but faster.
*(Missbrukarna, Totalitar, Huvudtvatt, etc.)
INDEX - Demo EP (Vague-01) --- First release on Warthog Speak sub-imprint Vague Absolutes, is a very limited vinyl run of the lone 4-song demo from the Bay Area's INDEX. The band came and went in a flash, played a handful of shows, and left a killer demo of bratty and scrappy punk before splitting off to other pastures. Members also did/do time in Brilliant Colors, Flesh World, Jump Off A Building, Nosedive, and Vial. You can download the demo here on TERMINAL ESCAPE if it strokes your fancy.
We've got the final copies of the GENERACION SUICIDA tour FLEXI in the webstore as well as recently added hits from EEL, CONCEALED BLADE, AJAX (record of the year thus far), AS MERCENARIAS - demo 7", and more NIGHT PROWLER tapes to the distro.
Finally, I have test pressings of most of these releases set aside, as well as some older ones, that I'm going to put up for sale on the webstore in the coming weeks with alternate covers. They're gonna be more expensive than the normal releases, with all of the money being donated to charity. This is something I have wanted to do for a while, to do something positive in this world of punishment, shame, and hate, however small I may be, and I'm glad I finally have enough "stock" to make it worth the while. Once I put them for sale, I will post an announcement here.
Thanks for listening.